Another less than straight forward day for us Addicks.
I woke to an article from Rich Cawley saying that Duchalelet was preparing the sale of Patrick Bauer to Blackburn for as little as £400,000. A deal attractive to the Belgian as the cash would all be upfront.
Rich followed this by suggesting that Duchatelet is also planning to cash in Tariqe Fosu and Joe Aribo, and that he will not sanction a pre-season tour. This because he refuses to pay for anything other than the operating costs, which he will fund with a fire-sale.
Not long after Harry Lennon’s proposed move to join Chris Powell at Southend came to light. That deal is almost done, and if Bauer goes that would be three central defenders sold in a week.
As always Rick Everitt on VOTV added some in depth colour and analysis. The colour being very dark and grim.
Later however Rich Cawley said that the club, I am not sure who at the club, refuted any suggestion that there is going to be a fire sale of players this season. The word fire sale was coincidentally used in Rick’s post. The club source also said that a price tag of £2m is being put on Bauer’s head and not £400,000, which, and if true, would put Blackburn off.
My concern is that Bauer, amongst many others, is in his last year of his current contract and for the record so are Dillon Phillips, Lewis Page, Joe Aribo, Jake Forster-Caskey, Mark Marshall, Tariqe Fosu, Ben Reeves, Billy Clarke, Josh Magennis, Reeco Hackett-Fairchild, Nicky Ajose, Karlan Ahearne-Grant and wait for it…. Igor Vetokele.
Now that is a scary amount of contract negotiations. A full-time job for a new management team, but if, heaven help us, that doesn’t materialize then you have to fear the worse.
Contradictory to the earlier story Cawley also wrote that his club source said that Duchatelet has not only set a valuation which will scare off potential suitors from Fosu and Aribo, but is also discussing new contracts with them. Hmmm.
Then at the back end of the day a very busy Rich Cawley had an opportunity to speak to Lee Bowyer, his first words to the media since his caretaker role was extended.
I don’t mark Bowyer down as a puppet or a stooge, so like all of his comments since taking over from Karl Robinson, I will take them at face value.
Bowyer said he has agreed that Duchatelet can sell five players. I’d hope two of whom are Konsa and Lennon, but he wants to bring in four. Two of which, a striker and a midfielder, Bow and Steve Gallen are already in discussions with.
Now, I’m all for quality but starting the season with a threadbare squad and another raft of youngsters is bloody groundhog day.
Bowyer confirmed that Ahmed Kashi will not be returning, which is disappointing but not surprising. Thank you Ahmed for your dedication and hard work. You never shirked a challenge and you will be remembered fondly.
It is important to remember that when the curtain finally closed on our season
Ben Amos, Jay Dasilva, Sullay Kaikai, Stephy Mavididi and Michal Zyro all moved back to whence they came. Kashi has followed and there’s a good possibility that KAG and Reeco-Hackett have their contracts terminated. Also remember that Billy Clarke will not be fit for the start of the season.
Groundhog day indeed, with thunderstorms and lightening in the forecast.